In the Round 5 edition of Start or Sit, we look at a few players who could be considered to be out of the box selections, However, as we have seen throughout the season so far, some big names are struggling to emulate their 2017 form, while many lesser lights are doing surprisingly well.
Mullett’s role as one of Carlton’s rebounding half-backs is secure only for as long as Tom Williamson remains injured, however it’s something we can take advantage of. Mullett has never been an outstanding fantasy scorer, but there’s enough ball in Carlton’s defence to force him to score well. His 102 against the Suns in Round 2 is the type of output we can expect against West Coast at a dry Etihad Stadium.
Some of the names on the Start or Sit lists for the season will cause people to laugh, cry, or wonder whether the writer has any idea about footy and all three at the same time. Kelly isn’t someone to rely on as a fantasy player in general, however he has started off the season by averaging 20 disposals and six marks a game. Back to dry conditions and playing on a resting midfielder or Tom Papley, Kelly will be heavily involved in the game. I can see a handy 70+ score on the horizon.
Don’t worry about his scoring to start the season, Langdon is always impressive on ANZAC Day. The 23-year-old has been more accountable this season and played a nice defensive role. If the Bombers swing Hooker back into the forward line, Langdon will have a similar role, however there’s every chance Langdon gets to return to his intercepting ways. The match isn’t until next Wednesday, and there’s ample time to use him as a backup loophole option. I’ll be starting him in my teams this week, however.
Coffield is a star, and the Saints would be wise to play him in every game until the end of the season. The 18-year-old is settling in nicely across half-back and is collecting enough of the ball to have an impact. Start him, particularly with the injuries to St Kilda’s defence.
The concern here is the impending return of Jasper Pittard. Bonner has had a nice start to the season as Port’s main rebounding option out of defence, but he has ultimately been a replacement for Pittard. It means the 56-point effort we saw from Bonner in Round 4 will become the norm.
In case people are still starting Doedee after his fast start in his debut season, don’t bother. The 21-year-old doesn’t get enough of the ball to warrant a starting defensive spot in Ultimate Footy, particularly not against a Sydney attack that will likely target him and make him accountable.
Confidence in Miller’s fantasy ability may be wavering a little for coaches, but this is the week to back him in. Miller loves the Q-Clash and averages 103 points in his last four matches against Brisbane. The 22-year-old hasn’t come out firing in 2018, but he has the ability to be Gold Coast’s most prolific, fantasy midfielder.
There’s something about the little pocket rocket that is Callum Brown. He has injected great pressure and an underrated close-up pace in Collingwood’s midfield, making him a valuable role player early on. Brown has scored 72 and 70 in his last two matches and that should continue against the Bombers on ANZAC Day.
It’s fine to start Griffen against the Saints this week, despite the fact he’s playing as a permanent forward in his return to senior level. He’s smart with his bodywork and will get plenty of opportunities on Saturday. The 31-year-old can be backed in by coaches.
Sometimes, the best attitude to have in fantasy footy is to forgive and forget. Holman had an absolute shocker against West Coast, failing to get into the game at all. He should play far more midfield this week and be a tackling machine in the Q-Clash. Expect him to pay some attention to Dayne Zorko, which should see the ball get into Holman’s hands with some regularity.
Once a fantasy jet, this is a long gone tag for Blicavs, who is the ultimate Mr Fix-It for the Cats. At the moment, he is the club’s number one key defender, doing a number on Paddy McCartin in Round 4. He looked good in this role and will likely play a key role on one of Port Adelaide’s strong forwards this week.
Hartung has started off the season surprisingly well, delivering for us once again last week. It’s a lot tougher for the 23-year-old in Round 5, however, coming up against his former team. He isn’t a big-game player as yet, and Hartung will feel a lot of pressure to play against Hawthorn. I can’t see him posting a reasonable score at all this week.
We’re winding back the clock to the good old days, where the “sex on the beach” ruck combination reigned supreme (Sandi/Cox). Sandilands is well past his best, however he comes up against a young gun in Tim English, who doesn’t quite have the body to compete with Sandilands’ strength. He can be locked in.
There are no standout ruckmen to sit this week, given the limited amount of big men in Ultimate Footy squads. With such an elongated round, the precedent of scoring will be set well before the final two matches, meaning coaches can judge how they think Toby Nankervis and Tom Bellchambers will score against the two best ruckmen in the competition respectively.
Langdon will return for the Dockers this week after being a late withdrawal against the Giants, adding some much needed outside run to the team. He was a standout against the Suns in his last game, finishing with a career-high 111 fantasy points. Langdon is a nice starter in Ultimate Footy forward lines, now that he has graduated to a role higher up the ground, while Stephen Hill plays across defence.
Speaking of winding back the clock, Mark LeCras is another veteran to start this week. The 31-year-old is averaging 84 in the opening month of this season and comes up against a shambolic defensive unit this week. Funnily enough, LeCras has only played against Carlton three times since the start of 2013, picking up 100+ scores in all matches. Ride the French wave.
Here’s one right out of left field. There’s something appealing about mature-age recruits in Ultimate Footy, especially ones that have an impact straight away. Guelfi had a nice start to his career against Port Adelaide, finishing with 17 disposals. Most encouraging was the fact he played on a half-forward flank and in between the arcs. Guelfi loves winning the hard ball as well, which makes him a good young player for the Bombers. Expect a solid score on ANZAC Day.
The fact Garlett can score well as both a small forward and as a hard-working flanker/wingman is enough to consider him as a starter. Three of his four scores have been above 67, which is perfect for the last spot in your forward line, particularly in deeper leagues. The 21-year-old is playing well at the moment.